WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2012 – US Lacrosse is among the many national sports organizations that have endorsed HR 2600, the proposed congressional legislation aimed at curbing youth sports concussions and other brain injuries. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ-07) is the primary sponsor of HR 2600 along with a large bipartisan group of co-sponsors.
Known officially as "The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan Act" (PABI Plan Act), HR 2600 launches a national initiative that coincides with Brain Injury Awareness Month. The legislation covers the entire continuum of care, including prevention, treatment in acute medical facilities, reintegration back into the schools, communities and homes, and transitioning into an adult system of greater independent living.
"We certainly recognize the importance of establishing standardized procedures and implementing accepted guidelines for the treatment of these serious injuries," said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. "We have invested extensive resources for research and education of head injuries in the sport of lacrosse, and understand the importance of having evidence-based data about these injuries."
Representatives from multiple national sports organizations joined Congressman Lance and officials from the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation at a Capitol Hill news conference last week to announce their support of the legislation. The bill is currently in review by the House’s Subcommittee on Health.
"Concussions in youth sports is a public health crisis and HR 2600 is a comprehensive approach to preventing, identifying and treating concussions and all brain injuries in American youth," said Lance at last week’s news conference. "We are also grateful for the endorsement and support of so many organizations that teach our kids to play sports, protect them from injury and treat them if they have an injury."
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To date, HR 2600 has been endorsed by more than 100 members of Congress and numerous health, education and athletic-related groups, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Pop Warner Little Scholars, US Lacrosse, American Sports Medicine Institute, Center for Sports Medicine, National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, United States Olympic Committee – Paralympics, Afterschool Alliance, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers Association, and Washington Youth Soccer.
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US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.